KXT 91.7 Presents Lucero at The Rustic on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8pm. General admission is free and VIP tickets are $45. This event is all ages.
It’s been two decades since original members Ben Nichols, Brian Venable, Roy Berry and John C. Stubblefield (keyboardist Rick Steff joined in 2006) started playing shows in Memphis. The band’s first show was April 13, 1998 at a warehouse space across the street from what is now the National Civil Rights Museum, the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot.
On August 3, 2018, the day Among the Ghosts drops, the band will be co-headlining Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.
The band’s ninth studio album, Among the Ghosts, is their first for noted Nashville indie label Thirty Tigers. It was recorded and co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer/producer and Memphis native Matt Ross-Spang at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Service, the studio built by the legendary producer after outgrowing his Memphis Recording Service/Sun Studio.
Recorded primarily live as a five-piece, Among the Ghosts eschews the Stax-inspired horns and Jerry Lee Lewis-style boogie piano featured on some of the band’s past recordings for a streamlined rock and roll sound that pays homage to their seminal influences as it seeks to push that legacy into the future.
The group found their name in a Spanish/English dictionary. “Lucero” is variously translated as “bright star” or “morning star.”